East-West Seed Vietnam (Hai Mui Ten Do) will grant Simon N. Groot scholarship for a graduate in an agriculture-related field of study (Agronomy, Plant Breeding, Crop Protection, Biotechnology, etc.) from accredited universities in Vietnam.
La Lay Ha is a 34 year old widow with three children living in Viet Nam. Years ago, she was unable to grow enough rice to feed her family and would buy it to prevent a shortage. In 2010, she learned about a more effective strategy to fertilize her rice crop called fertilizer deep placement (FDP). She decided to try it given the product came together with training provided by the International Development Enterprises (iDE). Today, the same land produces enough rice to last an entire year for her family and the excess is given to neighbours and she encourages other families to follow her and use FDP.
On 19-21 September 2012, staff from the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Kathrin Kriesemer and Detlef Virchow (among others) attended the Tropentag conference that was held in Göttingen, Germany. Kathrin presented the SATNET Asia framework approach and first results in the oral session entitled "Knowledge, learning and extension". A blog post about the presentation on SATNET Asia encourages readers not to miss the call for applications for best practices in sustainable agriculture, the second round of which has just been launched.